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Max Green Alchemy announces launch of new Matte Paste hairstyling product

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO — Personal care products company Max Green Alchemy has expanded its Scalp Rescue hair care portfolio with the launch of the new Matte Paste hairstyling product.

The new Matte Paste creates a dry-look matte finish for definition and hold without adding shine or using harsh chemicals. With a fresh citrus unisex scent, it’s alcohol-free so it won’t cause dryness, and is wax-, silicone- and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-free so it won’t build up on the hair, scalp or in the environment. The 5.5-oz. tube has a suggested retail price of $15.

"Salons love our products because of what they have in them, and also what they don’t have. There is growing interest from stylists and clients as they seek natural and organic products, but there have been few choices of ultra-natural, professional-quality styling products that perform like their chemical-laden cousins," stated Dave Karlak, president of Max Green Alchemy. "Many stylists aren’t aware that brands perceived as ‘natural’ rely on petrochemicals like polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) to provide hold or silicone for shine. Salons have had such positive experiences with our shampoo, conditioner, styling gel, texture paste, sculpting gel and pomade [that] they’ve been asking for more. Matte Paste is our latest creation."

Max Green Alchemy products are available at salons, select Whole Foods Markets, independent health stores and online.

 

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Report: Walgreens to offer private health insurance plans this fall

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens is planning to sell health insurance as soon as this fall, CNNMoney reported Tuesday morning.

Walgreens declined to comment on the matter, according to the report.

The Chicago-based pharmacy-and-more operator would sell health insurance products with different price ranges and coverage levels across its network nationwide through a private health insurance exchange, CNNMoney reported, citing people familiar with the plan.

Health reform mandates the creation of federal and state-funded public health insurance exchanges by 2014 that will offer subsidized insurance for uninsured and underinsured people.

According to CNNMoney, TripleTree, an investment banking firm focused on the healthcare and technology market, estimated that from 2014 through 2019 as many as 36 million consumers will buy their health insurance from exchanges.
 

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Aug-10-2011 05:34 am

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NCPA to OPM: Mandate PBM transparency

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Monday issued a number of recommendations to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which is responsible for contracting with at least two multistate plans that will offer coverage through exchanges that come online in 2014, and that will provide consumers with additional health insurance options.

Included in those recommendations were a call to include transparency requirements for pharmacy benefit managers and a call for the inclusion of "any willing pharmacies" in any multistate exchange plan.

“Successful healthcare reform places a premium on transparency, and nowhere is that needed more than in the administration of prescription drug services by the PBM industry,” NCPA EVP and CEO Douglas Hoey said. “The federal health-reform law includes just such a provision in the state healthcare exchanges. These disclosure requirements allow health plan sponsors to actually ensure PBM promises of efficiency and savings are occurring. It also will help prevent the $371 million in legal settlements that have been paid out by PBMs to address allegations of questionable practices.”
 
Hoey added, “This approach should be extended to all health plans, and other PBM reform bills such as The Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act (S. 1058/H.R. 1971) and The Preserving Our Hometown Independent Pharmacies Act (H.R. 1946) should also be enacted.”

Enacting these "common-sense solutions" will independent community pharmacists to play a greater role in reducing costs and improving outcomes, Hoey added.

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Aug-10-2011 05:28 am

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